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ASEF Education Policy Conference Series 2018

(in cooperation with partners)

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
throughout 2018 Reka TOZSA Education Department ASEF Higher Education Programme (AHEP) Education



Venue:
Viet Nam, United Kingdom

ASEF’s Education Policy Conference Series address needs and recommendations identified through ASEF’s long-term education project series, for example, the ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC) and the ASEF Classroom Network Conference (ASEF ClassNet). ASEF is cooperating with educational partners in organising these conventions, and contributies or complements their existing conference initiatives with an Asia-Europe perspective.

 

WHAT IS ON THE AGENDA IN 2018/2019?

In 2018/2019 ASEF supports the following initiatives in the framework of ASEF Education Policy Conference Series:

 

Flexible Learning Pathways: Asia-Europe Conference on Lifelong Learning and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

13-14 December 2018, Hanoi, Viet Nam

 

Acknowledging the importance of Asia-Europe level exchange of practices, ASEF, the Ministry of Education and Training of Viet Nam and Hanoi Open University organize this conference to contribute to the Incheon Declaration “Education 2030: Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all” and the Asia-Europe (ASEM) Education Process

The main goal of the event is to foster ASEM cooperation in achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Goal 4. Quality Education, by promoting regional cooperation and sharing best practices on lifelong learning. The topic “flexible learning pathways’ is examining how could traditional education systems adapt to the needs of economy and society from 3 angles:

• Flexibilisation of degrees • Flexibilisation of curricula and of learning content • Flexibilisation of methodology and learning design

The conference is designed to host about 60-70 participants from the international and Vietnamese expert community, including academics, researcher, government officials, and policy-makers. The outcome of the conference will feed into the 7th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMME7) by proposing policy recommendations at cross-regional level to strengthen lifelong learning policies and practices in ASEM countries.

The conference builds on the outcomes of the 6th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Student’s Forum in Singapore, 12-13 October 2017 and the ASEM Conference on Innovative Education and Human Resource Building for Sustainable Development in Hue, Viet Nam, 29-31 March 2017; and the 4th Asia-Pacific Meeting on Education 2030 (APMED4).

 

 

The 1st World Access to Higher Education Day

28 November 2018, Birmingham, UK

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is supporting the initiative of the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) – the professional organisation for widening access to higher education (HE) in the United Kingdom – to establish an annual World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED). The main goal of the initiative is to focus the attention of stakeholders from across the world on the issues of access and diversity in higher education, modelled on other international commemoration days. 

ASEF is contributing to the 1st WAHED Conference by organizing a break out session titled “Challenges and pathways to access in higher education in Asia”. This session will explore how higher education is growing in certain Asian countries and how leading universities are coping with a new type of diversity of students. The session explores questions like what strategies universities have to measure merit and provide access to students from lower socio-economic background, minority groups, or those with special needs? How do teaching and learning environments adopt and make use of diversity? How does this affect social impact and sustainability? The main goal of this session is to help participants discover similarities and differences between Asian and European good practices and inspire collaborative solutions.

This session in a good opportunity to promote “Access to Quality Education” topics discussed at the 6th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC6);in Singapore, 12-13 October 2017; and promote the Policy Recommendations regarding Access to Quality education.

Read more on the WAHED initiative and kick-off conference HERE .

 

 

Project Updates

  • BACKGROUND

    Acknowledging the importance on Asia-Europe level exchange of practices, ASEF, the Ministry of Education of Viet Nam and Hanoi Open University organize this conference to contribute to the Incheon Declaration “Education 2030: Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all”. 

    THE TOPIC

    This conference aims at engaging people from Asia and Europe and promote Exchange of information, practices, institutional policies, relevant research at national, regional and international level. The topic “flexible learning pathways” is examining how could traditional education systems adapt to the needs of economy from 3 angels:

    • Flexibilisation of degrees: Recognition of informal and non-formal education/learning and prior learning as credits within degree programs, enabling learners to accumulate learning, experiences and qualifications through flexible participation at different stages.
    • Flexibilisation of curricula and of learning content: Meeting the needs of non-traditional learners in their various life contexts (adult retraining, skills upgrading, dropouts, women and mothers, etc.), and design responsive learning programmes to their demands.
    • Fexibilisation of methodology and learning design: Offering self-organised learning programmes in various forms, adopting learner-centred pedagogy, supported by information and communication technology (ICT) and open educational resources.

    OBJECTIVES

    • Add value to the ASEM Education Process by contributing to theory & practice-based activities connected with ASEF Education flagship projects, linking our focus areas of lifelong learning, sustainability and access to education
    • Reinforce the multi-stakeholder approach of the ASEM Education Process by engaging education leaders and practitioners, academics, IOs and NGOs, national governments, business and industry experts in education policy dialogues
    • Strengthen the existing LLL network between Asia and Europe and expand it by attracting new members and partners, including from business and industry
    • Promote the importance of LLL as part of SDG4 across the ASEM constituency and provide good practices for their wider implementation

     

    PARTNERS

     

    1.pngMinistry of Education and Training (Viet Nam)

    http://pbc.moet.gov.cn

     

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    Hanoi Open University (HOU)

    http://en.hou.edu.vn/

     

     



     

     

  • WAHED

    Opportunities and success in higher education are too often related to the socio-economic background of a student. Acquiring the appropriate credentials to enter a University often remains to be subject to the financial situation of a student (OECD, 2018), and in over 90% of countries in the world we have evidence of inequalities in participation in higher education by social background (University World News, 2018).

    ASEFedu primarily focuses on the topic of access to education and youth employment, through facilitating and encouraging activities and actions in the field of HE. In line with this mission ASEFEdu partnered with the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) in the UK the establish an annual World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED).

    WAHED is aspiring to grow to a global movement, modelled on other international commemoration days. For the past 18 months WAHED has been greatly discussed in several forums such as the 2016 and 2017 British Council Going Global Conference reaching over 100 organisations from across the world. The first action on this path is to organise a kick-off conference on 28 November 2018 at Aston University, Birmingham, UK, with a strong focus on raising global awareness around inequalities in access and success in HE. ASEFedu’s partnership with NEON is realised through the organisation of a break out session titled “Challenges and pathways to access in higher education in Asia”. The session is exploring how higher education is growing in certain Asian countries and how leading universities are coping with students from unusual backgrounds. Ultimately, the session aims to identify similarities and discover differences between Asian and European good practices and inspire collaborative solutions.


    WAHED welcomes institutions and organisations to engage in awareness raising events on 28th November 2018 and therewith contribute to the mission. Additionally, scientific contributions are welcomed, and students are invited to raise their voices by sharing their stories on the matter. Are you doing work addressing access and diversity in HE?

    Do not hesitate to visit the official website https://worldaccesshe.com/ for more information and contributions.

    Twitter https://twitter.com/WorldAccessHE

     


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